To reduce the amount of time spent going back and forth with students around scheduling a meeting, I have used the Gmail “Template” function to respond to student requests to meet. Basically, I have a template set up that shows my regular open office hours and contains a link to my google calendar, which has open appointment slots posted. Once a student signs up, it automatically goes into my calendar. Consequently, I spend very little time. You can find the template option at the three dots in the bottom right corner of your email.
On November 12, 2019 Muhlenberg colleagues gathered to share their teaching hacks. Teaching hacks are relatively simple strategies that we might use to improve student learning or reduce our workload. These strategies might free up additional class time, increase the efficiency of our practices, or better support our ability to work on scholarship or service.